Space Applications Services is proud to announce that it has been awarded by Airbus DS Bremen to design and develop a Video Management Unit Mark II (VMU2) for the ESA Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL).
The current contract covers the specification, design, manufacture, integration and flight testing of a fit-and-function compatible VMU. This new VMU will mainly be built using COTS equipment, both space grade and industrial grade.
Space Applications Services already developed and built technology demonstrators for the ISS in the past, but this is the first time the company will develop an ISS infrastructure flight system. The work is performed with Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL), who are responsible for the mechanical and thermal design, as well as for integration are qualification testing.
Space Applications has the role of prime, and is responsible for the project management, systems engineering, COTS qualification, software engineering, procurement, and functional/interface/performance testing.
The project started in October 2013, and will end in December 2015. A Flight Model, Engineering Model, Training Model, and supporting Ground Support Equipment will be delivered.